Listen, I am no slouch when it comes to thinking of fun things to do with my kids (see: this entry and the hundreds of entries before it). But I am certainly not an expert.
I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to Melisa Wells, the author of Chicken in the Car and the Car Won't Go: Nearly 200 Ways to Enjoy Chicagoland With Tweens and Teens. My friends, Melisa is truly an expert in family-friendly activities in the Chicago area. This lady (full disclosure: also my friend and someone I admire very much) is someone you want to get you know.
Her new book is a must-have for both Chicago-area families and out-of-towners who are looking to make the most of all that Chicago has to offer. Are you familiar with The Boring Store? The Noble Horse Theatre? Or Dat Donut? Of course you aren't. That is why you need Melisa's book. I guarantee you that you will learn about fantastic destinations right in your neighborhood that you never knew existed. And then you can wow your kids by planning fantastic outings to these local gems. And everybody will love it, making you look like a hero. Hooray for Mom!
One of my favorite parts of the book is the section on creating your own personalized family summer camp (totally up my alley). I also love her succinct, but complete version of the history of Chicago.
You can get your copy here. I strongly encourage you to do so.
Disclosure: Melisa provided me with a complimentary copy of her book so I could check it out. She also invited me to her #gmchicargo book launch party -- which was a Wendella boat tour, complete with Chicago-style pizza, Eli's cheesecake, Garrett's popcorn, fun giveaways and more. I had a blast.